Does degenerative scoliosis ever require surgery?

Like many spine conditions, degenerative scoliosis typically only requires surgery after all nonsurgical methods of treatment have been exhausted and no pain relief has been achieved. One of the few exceptions occurs when a patient’s scoliosis is so severe that breathing and certain functions become difficult.

The first step toward finding pain relief is to ask your doctor about the conservative treatments available to you. These conservative treatments focus on relieving pain and realigning the vertebrae of your spine without surgical intervention. For many patients, this treatment alone can make the degenerative scoliosis manageable.

Before you consider surgery

Before you consider surgery for degenerative scoliosis, your doctor may have you try a series of nonsurgical treatments, such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Losing weight or making other lifestyle changes
  • Cryotherapy
  • Medication

Your physician will most likely require you to continue with your treatment regimen for at least several weeks or months before the two of you have an earnest discussion about whether or not scoliosis surgery is necessary.

When surgery is an option

If scoliosis surgery becomes an option, we encourage you to take some time to research the types of surgery available to you before moving forward with a procedure. While traditional open back fusion might be an option, a minimally invasive stabilization surgery at Laser Spine Institute offers a safer and effective alternative to traditional spinal fusion.

Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery helps treat patients with adult degenerative scoliosis by realigning the spine and using an artificial disc and/or bone graft material to stabilize the spine once in alignment. This procedure is performed through a small incision without disrupting the large muscles that support the spine. Because of our muscle-sparing techniques, our patients have a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of complication than patients who choose traditional spinal fusion to treat degenerative scoliosis.

To find out if our outpatient minimally invasive spine surgery is right for you, contact Laser Spine Institute today and request a review of your MRI report or CT scan. Let us help you take the next step toward reclaiming your quality of life from the pain of degenerative scoliosis.